estrildid [es-tril-did]Ornithology Word Origin adjective
- of or relating to the family Estrildidae, comprising the grass finches, waxbills, mannikins, and other small finches.
- a bird of the family Estrildidae.
Also es·tril·dine [es-tril-dahyn, -din] /ˈɛs trɪlˌdaɪn, -dɪn/. Origin of estrildid New Latin Estrildidae, equivalent to Estrild(a) the type genus (from the Linnaean specific name Astrild Swedish: the god of love, literary coinage based on Old Norse ástareldr literally, love-fire; the bird was apparently so named from its red bill) + -idae -id2